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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The warmer weather means it’s finally beach season, and that means thousands of people will make their way to Wrightsville Beach. As the town prepares for the 2012 tourist season, the Board of Aldermen are also considering a new smoking ban. Locals say they plan to speak out about this ban tonight at a public hearing.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s freezing cold in December or 90 degrees in July, it’s the same thing,” said smoking ban supporter Danielle Richardet. “It’s always cigarette butts. So I think it’s time we start fixing that.”

For more than a year, Richardet has been collecting cigarette butts off of Wrightsville Beach. So far, she has collected more than 40,000. She says a smoking ban is necessary for the beach and she hopes it will soon be passed. Richardet says cigarettes are different from other litter, because they trap toxins, causing a much more severe threat to the environment.

“Toxins such as nickel, cadmium, lead and arsenic, those are in the filters,” said Richardet. “So as soon as those filters hit water, they begin leeching into our environment. Essentially, it’s no longer litter, it’s toxic waste and we have that on our beach.”

Richardet says if the ban is not passed, the problem will only get worse.

“It’s never ending and if it doesn’t get passed, I guarantee I will have picked up 50,000,” said Richardet. “I will have picked up 100,000.”

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O Face
2015 years 10 months ago

Does Ms. Richardet drive a car? Does Ms. Richardet have a job that requires her to actually be there to limit her free time?

Wait a second…

Think we just found our next landfill and it’s address starts at 100 Causeway Dr…

Bringing my trash to the new landfill tomorrow!! Catch me if you can!!

2015 years 10 months ago

North Myrtle Beach uses motorized sand rakes to filter/clean the sand. Why aren’t machines like this used here?

2015 years 10 months ago

I think it is wonderful and extrememly honorable that a independent citizen would go out and help to clean up the trash and waste left behind by other people. Unfortunately the problem is much bigger then a few people going out to clean up. I don’t believe a ban on smoking is so out of the question given the fact that smokers don’t have the moral desency to clean up after themselves.
To the gentlemen who thinks we should ban drinking on the beach if 40,000 soda cans are picked up. I say yes. If in 20 minutes a few people could pick up 425 soda cans in one area I would hope something was going to be done. That is enough soda cans to fill the bed of a pick up truck. It would turn the beach into one of those ball pits kids play in.
Just because cigeratte butts are small doesn’t mean they should be over looked they are toxic and ugly.

2015 years 10 months ago

here’s an idea put ashtrays (you know the tall ones that the stores have) it is a proven fact that if you have them most people will use them…

O Face
2015 years 10 months ago

Hey smokers, smoke away baby, smoke away!!! Butts all around!

Their rights end where ours begin!!

Wrightsville Beach = Elitist pricks


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